Ridley Scott's Monopoly Movie All About Our Economy?
No matter how much I continue to hear about the Monopoly movie, I still feel like it's all just a big hoax, created by Hollywood for no legitimate reason. I can't really imagine that Ridley Scott, the man behind Alien and Blade Runner and Gladiator, would want to direct a movie based on a board game?! Oh, but he does, "I have to direct it," Scott told MTV. In their recent update, Scott and Hasbro's CEO Brian Goldner revealed some interesting thoughts on the direction of the movie and it's modern societal connection - the economy. But is that enough to actually make this into a great movie or instead kill it before it even starts?
"The whole world is about the financial markets," Goldner told MTV. "You can't turn on the news today without understanding the financial markets and what's going on out there." So why not make this movie about that issue as well as the "personal story" contained with the Monopoly experience? Does anyone know what Goldney is talking about besides the status of Hasbro's stock? "[Ridley has] built these great big worlds of imagination," Goldner said. "Combine that with Pamela Pettler who's writing this great script about real people kind of playing a real-life game of Monopoly, not the board game, although they're icons of the game. And then you really get the idea why this story could make sense right now."
I get a feeling that this reminds me a lot of The Day the Earth Stood Still, and how they tried to connect that movie to the current concern over our environment. So it sounds like Hasbro and Universal want to capitalize (pun intended) on our recession and make a movie that hits home with audiences because it deals with money. We'll let Ridley Scott, who seems to have lost his edge over the last few years, explain why it could be good. "We have identified a pretty good story and it is fundamentally a movie, not a game, probably describing in a way the characters in the film, the passion of the game, and how the game came about."
I don't know about everyone else, but I'm not sold yet. I think Ridley has a lot of work to do before he can convince me that this isn't just a big gimmick designed to capitalize on our ailing economy. Thoughts?